Ancient Coin with Pegasus
Ancient coin featuring Pegasus with reverse side showing helmeted head of Athena.
- Set in 18k yellow gold, hand made in Bali
- Accent diamond
- 20inch 18k gold Italian made elongated oval cable chain
- 22mm, 8.4gram authenticated coin
- From Corinth
- 375-300 BC, AR Stater
Corinth, situated on the northeast corner of the Peloponnesus on the Isthsmus of Corinth , was one of the largest cities in ancient Greece and a rival of Athens. Corinth was on of the earliest cities in Greece to strike and use coins, beginning in the 7th century BC. The silver Staters, issued from the earliest times featured the winged Pegasus, wonderous horse of Greek mythology, and the helmeted head of Athena, goddess of wisdom.
Pegasus was born from the blood of Medusa and fathered by Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to legend, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring water spring burst forth. He was eventually tamed by Bellerophon, whom Pegasus allowed to ride in order to defeat the monstrous Chimera. Pegasus was chosen as a symbol of many Greek coin types, which was specially appropriate for the city of Corinth which was believed to have been the city of Bellerophon.